Compelling evidence shows health disparities are the result of inequalities in income, education, limited access to medical care, substandard social environments, and poor economic conditions. This book introduces these social determinants of health (SDOH), discusses how they relate to public health programs, and explains how to design and evaluate interventions bearing them in mind.
Arguing that many public health programs fail to be as effective as they could be, because they ignore the underlying causes of health disparities, this important reference gives concrete examples of how evaluations focusing on the social determinants of health can alleviate health inequalities, as well as step-by-step guidance to undertaking them.
This resource blends current research, existing data, and participatory evaluation methods. It is designed for teachers, students, practitioners, and policymakers interested in public health programming and evaluation.
Table of Contents
1.Overview of the Social Determinants of Health 2.A Condition of Place, People, Communities, and Justice 3.Evaluation and the Social Determinants of Health 4.Evaluation Challenges and Solutions of Social Determinants of Health-Focused Evaluation 5.Program Examples: Building Health Through Social Determinants of Health Programming 6.Programs that Address the Social Determinants of Health 7.Bringing it all Togetherit all Together
Allyson Kelley is an Evaluation Scientist with interests in building community capacity to address the cultural, social, and environmental factors that contribute to differences in health. Her interests are driven by what communities identify as most important. She leads evaluation efforts for several initiatives in Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, and New Mexico. She has mentored more than 125 undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of evaluation and research methods. Dr. Kelley uses a community-based participatory approach and socioecological theories to guide her work.
Dr. Kelley is a trainer, speaker, author, and advocate of public health. In 2018 she published her first text, Evaluation in Rural Communities, published by Routledge. She currently serves as an Assistant Editor for the International Journal of Doctoral Studies and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina Greensboro in the School of Health and Human Sciences. She is a reviewer for several peer reviewed journals including the American Journal of Public Health, the American Journal of Evaluation, and the American Indian Alaska Native Mental Health Journal.
Dr. Kelley’s work has resulted in numerous peer review publications, book chapters, and unpublished evaluation reports that highlight the importance of SDOH and public health evaluation approaches. Her efforts have resulted in new ways to build capacity, address determinants, and promote health equity in populations throughout the United States. She spends most of her time in New Mexico and Oregon and loves to hike, read, and rest.